Category : New Doll

3 weeks, 5 days ago 13
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At last, I finished my latest porcelain doll! She is Lady Amalthea – the Last Unicorn!

This doll was inspired by a character from a 1968 fantasy novel by Peter S. Beagle, who undertakes a quest to find others of her kind, becomes a mortal woman and begins to experience human emotions. It is one of the saddest, and most beautiful fairy tales written, and I believe it is a poingant allegory for environmental destruction, rampant consumerism, loss of biodiversity and extinction. But it is also about love, courage, hope and transformation.

This doll will be available for sale in September. If you are interested please contact me at inquiries@enchanteddoll.com.

I’ve worked on this piece for over three years, dismantling and reassembling it multiple times as the image of the Unicorn slowly shaped itself. The 24k gold-plated bronze head piece was inspired by Hans Holbein’s 1539 portrait of Anne of Cleves, who was the 4th wife of King Henry the 8th. It is very light for its size, weighing only 82.3g (2.9oz). The costume is constructed with gold appliqué embroidery on fine tule, 2,435 gold-lined glass beads (24k), 1,880 seed beads, 635 Swarovski crystals, 148 Mother of Pearl flowers, 46 fresh water Pearls and 21 Amethyst gemstones.

“Once, I can’t remember, I was long ago, someone strange. I was innocent and wise, and full of pain. Now that I’m a woman, everything has changed. Once, when I was searching, somewhere out of reach, far away, in a place I could not find, or heart obey. Now that I’m a woman, everything is strange.”

– Lady Amalthea (Unicorn), The last Unicorn 1968, Peter S. Beagle.

“I am afraid of this mortal body…”

– Lady Amalthea (Unicorn), The last Unicorn 1968, Peter S. Beagle.

“Drown out my dreams! Keep me from remembering whatever wants me to remember it!”

Lady Amalthea (Unicorn), The last Unicorn 1968, Peter S. Beagle

“I can never regret. I can feel sorrow, but it’s not the same thing.”

– Unicorn, The last Unicorn 1968, Peter S. Beagle.

“I’m a little afraid to go home. I have been mortal, and some part of me is mortal yet. I am no longer like the others, for no unicorn was ever born who could regret, but now I do. I regret.”

– Unicorn, The last Unicorn 1968, Peter S. Beagle. 

“She will remember your heart when men are fairy tales in books written by rabbits. Of all unicorns, she is the only one who knows what regret is – and love.”

– Schmendric, the Magician, The last Unicorn 1968, Peter S. Beagle. 

 

2 months, 1 week ago 19
Posted in: New Doll

I finished a new, Costumed Porcelain Doll. She’s been in the works for over three years. I’ve been surreptitiously adding more layers to her face and more jewels to her veil for the past year and a half, and it’s finally feeling complete. It didn’t for a long time, but when her eyes started ‘speaking’ to me, I knew it was time to put the paint brush down. I’ll reveal her name and her costume in the next post. In the meantime enjoy these nude nature photos and help me select one to make into a print. Tell me your favourite.

A Mid-Summer Dream

This Doll’s eyes were inspired by one the earliest memories from my childhood, of the illustrator Macoto Takahashi. I believe his work had left a profound and irreversible aesthetic imprint on the formation of my young subconsciousness, because I can still see his influence lurking in the faces and themes of my dolls. I keep looking for the origin of my aesthetic; the beginning of my style and my path as an artist, and I think he might have been it. Or perhaps I was drawn to his work because it already resonated with my emerging identity. It’s like a dream I can’t remember.

Forest Spirit

In mid-summer all the luscious, moss is dry and yellow. The only patches of green are to be found in shady woods, where the sunlight is speckled and cool. I laid The Doll down into a bed of green moss at the base of a Douglas Fir. There was a small patch of sunlight, and the porcelain just came to life, glowing and shimmering like moist human skin.

All The Stars Below

Gallium Triflorum, also called Fragrant Bedstraw is one of my most beloved plants. It blooms in tiny, delicate little stars along the pathways and smells sweetly on contact. When I place the doll into the mids of it, its fuzzy stems tangle in with her soft hair as if they want to be a part of her.

Dog Assistants

I have three of them. They are not very professional, I’m afraid. The spotted Anya usually takes off first to chase Bald Eagles in the sky. The ginger Sadie likes to waddle off and eat rotting deer carcasses in the forest, then nap in the shade. The curly Bandit, on the other hand, has separation anxiety and wants to stick his little snout into all my shots. Like I said, all three are very unprofessional and kind of smelly. But they are my crew, and I love them.

Blessed By The Bumble Bees

We staged these shots in a sunny and fragrant glen of Daisies, Foxgloves and Gallium Triflorum, with Bumblebees buzzing all around us. I said to Chad that it would be really cool if we could somehow photograph the doll with bumble bees. A few moments later, 3 bumble bees flew right into the frame and hovered over the doll just long enough for us to get a burst of shots. One of them worked out! They must have heard us talking, and came to bless the doll with their presence and fuzzy bums.

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Bumble Bee Blessings

Assistant Number Three

 

1 year ago 26
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I’m afraid I’ve been keeping a secret from you guys, but I can finally tell you!

There was some big news the other day, and a little Enchanted Doll played a role in a grand announcement. This was a top secret doll that I made last year and was finally unveiled (not literally, the doll’s veil remained intact).

I was asked to create an Enchanted Doll of the beautiful Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, as an engagement gift by her partner Li Chen

One of the conditions I had for taking on this commission, was that I would have a complete creative freedom to design her Enchanted wedding gown. I used vintage French lace, Victorian millinery, parts of antique Kinfisher pin, dazzling Swarowsky crystals and of course, hundreds of Pearls to create a tiny wedding dress fit for a queen!

Enchanted Fan sits on a Napoleon III era French Globe de Marriee, which was traditionally used to display wedding momentos, such as the wedding tiara, corsage and shoes.

Because Fan is an actress, I wanted the doll to channel The Golden Age of Hollywood. I fell in love with photos of Vivien Leigh and Veronica Lake and tried to create a similar atmosphere in the photographs.

Now that I am no longer bound by the vow of silence, I am free to share photos of not only the finished doll, but the work-in-progress shots we took along the way.

I hope this doll brings good luck to the happy couple! Best wishes to the two of you and I’m glad I could play a part in this grand union!

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1 year, 2 months ago 23
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Both of my kilns broke down last month, and to procrastinate the repairs I took up a shelved project that I’ve struggled with for a couple of years.

It’s like, when you need to study for a chemistry midterm tomorrow, but suddenly the bedroom is so messy that it needs an emergency spring cleaning. Can’t study in a messy bedroom! That’s how I feel about kiln repairs.

Anyway, this doll inspired me again. Now, after a long time away from it I finally know what it needs and how to finish it! I’ve been reworking the composition of her head dress and her veil, but now I find that I’m not satisfied with her face painting and probably need to take her apart and add a few more layers. Which means… I have to do those kiln repairs… Damn it.

She’ll be available for sale in Fall 2017.

 

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Hey doll people! You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been missing from the internet lately. It’s because I’ve been stuck in home renovations purgatory for the last year. But, with my art studio renos nearing completion, I’ve been really enjoying working in my newly improved, open, bright and green workspace. See if you can spot a difference so far.

And I’m not returning to the blog empty handed, as I have a new doll in-the-works to share. I decided to up the challenge a little by working more detail into the hands and feet than I’ve ever done before.

Up to this point I chose not to carve my dolls’ fingernails or toenails, but paint them on instead because in greenware state the porcelain is still as soft and crumbly as a shortbread cookie; It’s prone to breaking at the lightest pressure of a needle point….or a gentle breath of a pixie…or even just from looking at it a little too hard.

In fact, most hands and feet almost never survive high detailing intact, and I end up having to reattach at least 2 or more fingers with raw porcelain slip and then fuse them together during high-temp firing. Index fingers are most vulnerable for some reason. Somehow, I managed not to break a single finger on this hand, while the other one needed 3 finger reattachment surgeries.

I must have looked at it a little too hard.

 

1 year, 9 months ago 9
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The auction is live: http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/332049437633

It will run for 5 days as 4 days was not an option. The ending will be Monday, 4:50PM PST (GMT -8)

 

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1 year, 10 months ago 4
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The Madame de Pompadour Ebay auction is almost here (Nov 30-Dec 3) and if you are planning on bidding it’s a good idea to make sure your account is ready. In previous auctions we have heard from bidders that Ebay limited the amount they could bid, causing them to not win the auction. This could be because the account is new and making large bids right away, or a sudden change in an accounts bid pattern, or something else that could trigger an automatic limit from Ebay.

Ebay has some steps that can help, like verifying the account and/or adding a credit card to the account.

Best to get this stuff out of the way now rather than when the clock is ticking down.

If you have any questions about the auction, you can email us at inquiries@enchanteddoll.com

1 year, 10 months ago 8

…For Madame de Pompadour. This chair is included in the upcoming auction of Madame de Pompadour Nov 30th-Dec 1st. Check out how I made it.

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1 year, 10 months ago 8

Madame de Pompadour is probably my most photogenic creation. This lovely creature doesn’t seem to have a bad angle or a pose. The camera loves her! It was a joy to photograph her. Here is what her back looks like.

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The weird thing is that I didn’t find the wasp nest until just a couple of weeks ago, while the queen-bee tattoo was conceived and engraved months ago. It was a very fortunate chance find, that suits the theme of the doll perfectly. Opportunities present themselves when we are open to them!

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A film about the making of this doll is coming up next. The auction starts on November 30th.